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Skyline Lofts is one of a number of apartment complexes built in downtown Phoenix in recent years. Even more developments are on the way.

Downtown Phoenix has seen a revival in housing options in recent years with new apartment and condominium projects. And more apartments should be on the way, as several major projects are slated to add around 2,100 bedrooms to the downtown core by 2017. Read more»

The ferruginous cactus pygmy owl is found in Pima and Maricopa counties, parts of Texas and through much of Mexico.

Two environmental groups — Defenders of Wildlife and the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity — filed a lawsuit Tuesday aimed at forcing the federal government to protect Arizona’s diminishing cactus ferruginous pygmy owl population under the Endangered Species Act. Read more»

A mature grove of aspens is protected by jackstrawing, a process in which pine trees are cut down and used to create a natural wall to repel elk.

In recent decades, the number of aspens in Arizona’s higher elevations has declined sharply. A 2001 study by the U.S. Forest Service said that Arizona has seen a 96 percent decline in aspen acreage since 1900, the largest by far among states with significant aspen populations. Read more»

State and federal officials are trying to determine if this animal, which has been spotted several times north of the Grand Canyon this month, is an endangered gray wolf. The species has not been seen there since the 1940s.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an emergency permit Thursday allowing researchers to capture and conduct DNA testing on a creature seen near the Grand Canyon that resembles a gray wolf. Read more»

One of the 10 fastest-flowing rivers in the United States, the San Francisco slices through canyons and forests and has provided towns with everything from access to supplies from the East when what’s now Greenlee County was first settled to drinking water and recreation today.

Authorities recently discovered that the stretch of the San Francisco River that runs through Greenlee County had levels of E. coli bacteria that exceeded the EPA’s standard. Read more»

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests sustained severe damage and tree death from the 2011 Wallow Fire.

As climate change worsens, one study looks at the impact that it could have on wildfires. The Cost of Carbon Pollution project concludes forecasts 100 percent more burned area in the U.S. by 2050. Read more»

The cinder dome of the Sunset Crater volcano dominates the landscape at Sunset Crater National Park.

Attendance at Arizona national parks has declined by almost 20 percent– from 20.37 million to 16.66 million – over the past 24 years. Sunset Crater’s decline has exceeded 60 percent during that period. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks talks with Arizonans who are members of a Middle Eastern group called the Yazidis. Franks and members of the group held a news conference Thursday to say the Obama administration isn’t doing enough to protect Yazidis and other non-Muslim groups from the Islamic State group.

Joined by a Republican congressman, Arizonans who are members of an ethnic and religious group from the Middle East said last week that the United States isn’t doing enough to stop violence perpetrated by the Islamic State group. Read more»

Lead poisonings among California condors in northern Arizona and southern Utah dropped over a one-year period. Though the reason isn’t known, a state wildlife official said she’s cautiously optimistic it may have to do with more hunters in Arizona and particularly Utah taking steps to keep lead out of the environment.

Fewer California condors were treated for lead poisoning over a one-year period ending in August. While the reason isn't clear, a state wildlife official said may have to do with more hunters in Arizona and particularly Utah taking steps to keep lead out of the environment. Read more»

A black-footed ferret is released Wednesday on a ranch in northern Arizona that will serve as the second reintroduction site for the species in the state.

The endangered black-footed ferret has been making a comeback in northern Arizona since a reintroduction program began in 1996. A release this week marks a new stage of that effort as state officials established a second population to complement one near Seligman. Read more»

The Canyon Mine in the Kaibab National Forest south of the Grand Canyon, opened in the 1980s, is shown from the air.

A federal judge Tuesday upheld the U.S. Department of the Interior’s 20-year ban on adding new uranium mines on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon, rejecting a claim by a coalition of mining industry groups that the move is a violation of their rights. Read more»

Victoria Lopez, policy and advocacy director for the ACLU of Arizona, said a federal lawsuit challenging SB 1070's 'show your papers' provision is a way to show that the provision has caused harm to at least one person.

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of SB 1070's requirement that law officers to determine whether someone is in the country illegally if they have reason to suspect it. The case involves a woman detained after a traffic stop in Pinal County. Read more»

A U.S. Military M9 Bayonet affixed to an M4 Carbine.

A review of state-level data for the Department of Defense Excess Property Program shows the Pinal County Sheriff's Office receiving 257 bayonets and police departments in Tucson, Pinetop-Lakeside and Payson receiving 150, 30 and 10, respectively. Read more» 2

Models from top to bottom: M16A1, M16A2, M4, M16A4.

Of the nearly 800 fully automatic M-16s Arizona law enforcement organizations have received under a Department of Defense program that gives away surplus military hardware, 13 have gone to a state agency better known for serving farmers and ranchers and protecting consumers. Read more»

Roosevelt Lake, about 100 miles northeast of downtown Phoenix, received only about an inch of rain from last week’s storm and recorded no significant increase in its water level.

Those who endured last week's record-breaking rain in the Valley won't get much of a payoff at their taps. That's because the storm didn't have a measurable effect on area reservoirs. Read more»

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